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hiking
6 hours ago

Avoid the first half mile of large loose rocks by taking Agave Trail to the right, right at the trailhead sign (it's not marked). It only adds a little distance but is oh so much better on footing. Then continue straight at the junction - this is marked, and follow Mundy's Gap trail. We ended up doing this by default, as we started out to hike Cottonwood Trail, but I'd had it with the large loose rocks by the junction. Did the ascent in just under 1 hour (we're late 50's), and the views at the Gap were so cool!

safe place to practice cycling , running...or nature walk.

trail running
9 days ago

challenging run, great views on the way down. it's paved all the way up with some smaller gravel trails for the adventurers. I recommend starting early on the morning so you can see the sunrise on the city on the way down. I would definitely do it again.

Whenever I have to go through CRC on Bliss, I always make time for this trail. I’ve done it from the Transmountain Drive side, as well as the McKelligon Canyon side. Both are equally difficult. The main goal is to always reach the Window. Lots of steep uphills from both sides to get to it, but the payoff is worth the pain. I usually spend 4 or 5 hours playing around these peaks, as there is a lot of view to take in. Bring plenty of water, and watch for loose rock. The towers up on top make a great place to rest, as you can sit on the edge of a sheer cliff overlooking El Paso a couple thousand feet below. GREAT TRAIL!

Great trail myself, my pregnant wife and daughter got up fairly quick. Coming down was a bit sketchy but made it down safely!!!

on Tom Mays Nature Walk

21 days ago

Easy trail, great for kids

Pluses are trail is very convenient, easy, and pretty. Typical dessert hike. Negative is it is "owned" by mountain bikers, VERY many of them essentially "demanding" the right of way constantly. careening downhill at > 20 mph

cool cave

hiking
1 month ago

Was an awesome trail, the only downfall is the trail is hard to follow. There was blue spray paint every now and then which indicates the trail. Definitely recommend if in the El Paso area.

hiking
1 month ago

So much fun and enjoyed the challenge. Went off and on the trail. Took a break down at the memorial before making the descent. Will do it again.

Really easy on my knees. Scenic view and still in phone network range.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice and Steep!! Great views.

Great hike with my daughter n my 77 yr old friend with 2 dogs take water n snacks we went inside cave when we got to the mines, is rocky on some terrain

Was a great hike. The overlook of the city is pretty cool. The facilities are very nice and clean and has a lot of info ..I hiked the loop which was really pretty much a hard hike like the app said...Not terrible i just didnt have the right shoes. Tennis shoes are probably not up to par for this hike...Would def do it again. Was able to by a littpe water at the top....

Fun hike! Lots of Deer if you go early.

A bit steep but worth it. Took my ten year old son and it took us an hour and sixteen minutes to complete. I would recommend hiking poles for the descent down. The description states 1..2 miles but the recording showed it was 2.2 miles.

hiking
1 month ago

great hike, not good for little ones, it has some narrow edges but its awesome views

Lots of loose rock from recent rain

This is the second time I've hiked this trail. So beautiful at sunrise, just remember a light of some sort! a few challenging spots but just take it slow there and you'll be good!

We parked at Camelot Estates and it was exactly 3 miles to the first little rock house and back.

Must of taken a wrong turn and ended up above the mines, made our way back down. So worth it! The mines were pretty cool to see, definitely going back with flashlights.

A beautiful hike, with tremendous views and really fun in the technical section (I would skip using the chains and simply climb up using the natural hand-holds). I've done it in both directions and prefer starting in McKelligon Canyon and ending at Trans-mountain road (the decent into the wash at Trans is a bit loose at the top but manageable). 2.5hrs start to finish, at an easy pace, but bring water as it can get hot!

Btw, we did manage to do it with one car, by having an Uber pick us up and bring us back to the start...

hiking
1 month ago

Loved it!!! It’s a lot of incline, lose rocks! I would recommend you take a hiking stick!

AMAZING workout!!

Easy trail. no shade. so the earlier the better

hiking
2 months ago

This was a great hike! I took my 10 year old along and he had no problem keeping up. When we got to the caves El Paso PD was there conducting extraction training. They took the time to explain what they were doing which my son loved. Shout out to our men and women in blue!

Moderate hike for me. The views up there are breathtaking. I came on a Thursday were they said it was close but they are always upen for hikes. The store is the one closed.
First time in El Paso but I loved it

on Thousand Steps Trail

2 months ago

Extremely beautiful views. New to the area, first trail hiked here. Great work out. I loved using the metal chains to climb up and down seemingly impassible rock formations. Not for children.

This is a nice trail that starts at the West Cottonwood Trailhead. It takes you to an area of trees and a small spring that it is more showy in the rainy season. From this area you start to walk by the steepest section of the trail, then you reach the rim of the mountain from were you have a beautiful view of the Franklin Mountains and the city of El Paso.

backpacking
2 months ago

Fantastic and challenging route with amazing views.

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